Thought So…

7 01 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20908903

The link above leads to an article suggesting VERY STRONG EVIDENCE that migraines and epilepsy share a genetic factor.

I’ve thought the two were related since dd11 was diagnosed a couple years ago. Happily, she’s now in remission.

My reason for thinking migraines and epilepsy were related?

I have two cousins (they’re siblings) with an epilepsy diagnosis. My daughter, and then a cousin’s daughter.

The breakdown: two boys, two girls (the boys are my cousins). As far as types of seizures, using the old terminology, one of the boys had grand mal (he’s also in remission) and one has petite mal (not sure of his status). The girls are on the next rung of the generational ladder. My cousin’s daughter has petite mal. My daughter suffered from both.

A big number of migraines flood this side of the family as well. Scary, some of those migraines seem to have progressed to mini-strokes, then on to major strokes.

I’m the oldest of six kids. At least four of us (two girls, two boys) suffer from migraines. Mine come with and without auro – depends on the trigger. Ds15 has already had a few – which were scary. He also has an aura first, and his symptoms during that time mimmic stroke (messed up speech, can’t talk, numb face, numb hand), and Dd13 has had one.

Also interesting to me, many of my migraine triggers matched my daughter’s seizure triggers. In fact, the night she had her first seizure (which we believe was the worst) was the 10th day of a migraine cycle for me. I’d battled 5 migraines in that 10 day period. I’d NEVER had that happen before. That day, I finally found the trigger – the scented oil in the bathroom. It had been there for a few weeks, and seems to have slowly overwhelmed me. I closed it, and my migraines stopped. Her seizures began that night.

I hope this new information leads to better treatment for both issues. This time of medical advances and technology really is an exciting time to be alive in 🙂